Congratulations to Corinne Patterson for receiving the 2017-2018 Outstanding First Year Advocate award!
Congratulations to Dr. Joni Torsella in receiving the 2017-2018 Neil Wandmacher Teaching Award! The winner is selected by a faculty committee based on the quality of their teaching. Dr. Torsella also won the CEAS Master Educator award in 2014-2015.
Congratulations to Dr. Kathy Ossman for receiving the 2014-2015 CEAS Master Educator Award and CEAS Neil Wandmacher Teaching Award.
In 2013, Dr. Ossman received the CEAS Master Educator Award and Outstanding Teacher Award, North Central Section, American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE).
Congratulations to Dr. Bucks, he was the recipient for the 2014 Neil Wandmacher Teaching Award for Young Faculty.
Congratulations to Dr. Kastner for placing 1st Place for Best Paper Award at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), North Central Section Conference.
Dr. Kastner recently received the 2014-2015 CEAS Neil Wandmacher Teaching Award Young Faculty. He also awarded the Professor of the Year by the Engineering and Applied Science Tribunal at UC in 2014.
Engineering Education News
Living Learning Community Is Here
Engineering students that live together learn better together. That’s the thinking behind the new engineering living-learning community.
The engineering living-learning community, which is part of the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Engineering Education’s new first-year model, will occupy four floors in Daniels Hall. These floors will house up to 280 first-year students who have been accepted to the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS).
The overall goal is to create an environment that fosters community, collaborative learning and campus engagement. Full Article
Protégé Undergraduate Research Program Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
The University of Cincinnati (UC) prides itself on being a tier-one research institution. Students in UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) have access to impressive lab sites that address a wide range of topics like cell regeneration, drone path planning, nanotechnology, and water and wastewater treatment.
And UC students don’t have to wait until their upper-level courses to work in one of these labs. Thanks to the Protégé Undergraduate Research Program, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this summer, outstanding students can start working full time in research settings as early as their first year.
The Protégé Program started in 2013 when a pair of electrical engineering students were interested in researching in labs the summer after their first year at CEAS. Since then, the program has expanded to 20 students a year and included strategic industry and government partnerships. Students receive full-time pay, gain valuable lab experience and see what it’s like to pursue a cooperative education (co-op) position or career in research. Full Article
Engineering Education Courses
- ENED1100 - Engineering Design Thinking I
- ENED1120 - Engineering Design Thinking II
- ENED3014 - Engineering Your Community (Fall Honors)
- ENED3061 - Probability and Statistics I (CHE, BME, and ME, 2nd year course)
- ENED7001 - Introduction to Engineering Education (Fall)
- ENED7002 - Learning Theories in Engineering Education (Spring)
CEAS EASE and FEP Students Making a Difference
Taylor Bonifant (construction management ’18) knew was that she was good at math and science. She applied to the University of Cincinnati (UC) Freshman Engineering Program (FEP) and eventually found an unexpected love for construction. “FEP gave me the motivation to do the research I needed to figure out what I was passionate about,” Bonifant said. “I knew I enjoyed chemistry, so I thought chemical engineering might be for me. Luckily, my father convinced me to apply for FEP instead.”
Bonifant has been on co-op rotations all over the country. She worked with Archer Western Contractors in Dallas; Walsh Construction in Louisville and Chicago; and Helix Electric in Honolulu. Full Article
Erick Madis (biomedical engineering '19) started at UC in the Engineering and Applied Science Entrance (EASE) program, a program designed to guide first-year engineering students to a specific program after one or two semesters. Many times EASE students have impressive high school resumes but have slightly less competitive profiles when it comes to GPA or test scores.
“EASE helped me with the transition from high school to college,” said Madis. “I took part in a learning community, made friends in the program, developed study strategies and successfully transitioned into biomedical engineering.”
Madis currently works in a research lab at the Sheba Medical Center through UC's cooperative education (co-op) program. He chose Israel because of the number of new scientific advancements in the country, including many start-up companies. Full Article
CEAS Professor Researches How Spatial Skills Shape Student Success
By: Brandon Pytel
Date: April 30, 2018
CEAS engineering education professor Sheryl Sorby, PhD, researches spatial visualization skills and their role in engineering students’ success.
Sorby researches spatial visualization skills in engineering education.
Success in engineering isn’t limited to just traditional math and science skills. Engineering careers also require high-level spatial skills. One professor at the University of Cincinnati (UC) is exploring the ways spatial skills, or the ability to imagine the orientation and relation of objects, affect students’ performance in engineering programs. Full Article
Assistant Dean Whitney Gaskins
Congratulations to Dr. Whitney Gaskins for her new position as Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement. As Assistant Dean, Dr. Gaskins will be responsible for all aspects of underrepresented enrollment recruitment and the bridge programs. Dr. Gaskins will also oversee the organization and maintenance of retention programs for new underrepresented minority (URM) students and management of all programs specifically dealing with URM students. She will also manage the URM scholarship programs and the Emerging Ethnic Engineers Program (E3). The E3 Program is a comprehensive, nationally respected program which seeks to increase the number of African-American, Latino/a, and Native American students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. This program assists students achieve excellence in college and beyond. The program includes several pre-college outreach programs, as well as, campus-wide recruitment and retention activities. In this role, Dr. Gaskins will serve as PI on the Choose Ohio First Grant. The Choose Ohio First Scholarship is designed to strengthen Ohio’s competitiveness within STEM disciplines and STEM education.